Reversing the Numbness

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Favorite Quotes

When I was in high school my great aunt Alice gave me a little book of quotes. It was so little that it could fit in my wallet, and because of the following quote, it stayed there for years. I wish I still had that little book, but I'll never forget this William Penn anecdote:

I expect to pass through life but once. If, therefore, there be any kindness I can show, or any good thing I can do to any fellow being, let me do it now, and not defer or neglect it, as I shall not pass this way again. William Penn
No amazing word play here, just simple words to live by.

What quotes do you like?


Mark Berry said...

Different story when it came to sharing a pie I expect judging by the bulging waistcoat with buttons ready to ping off. Old Bill sure 'talked' a good deed but clearly not one for sharing luncheon with the paw.

SleekPelt said...

mark: Welcome! And, ha! Great observation. Or maybe he was just so cool to everyone that he got invited to a lot of dinners. I'm digging "Elysian Fields" -- do you play everything?

Hattica said...

"I'd rather have a sister in a brothel than a brother Raider." - Hattica 11-25-07

"Spiral out. Keep going." - Maynard James Keenan

"Do not follow. Make your own path and leave a trail." - fortune cookie at the China buffet

Clash said...

“Evil will always prevail, because good is dumb.”

Dark Helmet, Spaceballs

Good morning, Sleek. It's appears to be a "West Virginia Ranked #2 In the Country" kind of Monday. Whoo Hoo! Internet high-five.

Fleming said...

"Punctuality is a virtue of the bored."
-Evelyn Waugh

getto said...

Kiss your mom,
Ban the bomb,
Do the best you can,
And remember,
God loves you man.

Rob Zero said...

"No matter where you go, there you are." --- Earl Mac Rauch (screenwriter of Buckaroo Banzai)

"Life's too short to drink crap coffee" --- Me.

Devil Mood said...

There was one from W.H.Auden that I really liked. something like:

"if equal affection cannot be, let the more loving one be me".

In my teens, it made perfect sense and I never forgotten it.

The Electric Orchid Hunter said...

"Protect me from what I want" - Jenny Holzer

"The function of an expert is not to be more right than other people, but to be wrong for more sophisticated reasons" - David Butler

Matthes said...

Every artist is a cannibal, every poet is a thief
All kill their inspiration, and sing about their grief--Bono

Stop looking up, start looking in-be your own best friend-Sammy Hagar

Cheezy I know, not much historical impact. But I like them nevertheless.

Zee said...

Some people are born on third base and go through life thinking they hit a triple. --Barry Switzer (of all people)

Mom! Toilets blogged! said...

The most influential quotes in my life are:

"If you can't keep it in your pants, keep it in your family."


"If you are not in bed by eleven, might as well go home."

One last line of advice I penned my self:

"Not in MY mouth!"


Eric said...

"beans, beans...."

josh williams said...

You can beat a dead horse but you can not make it drink. JW

olives and more said...

I love quotes!

In high school we had to pick a quote to put next to our picture senior year. I chose, "You have to be first, best or different"
-Loretta Lynn.

Hattica: Your China Buffet quote is an adapation of R. W. Emerson's; "Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail."

Also, like these:

"Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air…"
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Do not lose your inward peace for anything whatsoever, even if your whole world seems upset."
-Saint France De Sales

SleekPelt said...

Excellent, everyone, thanks for the quotes. The quotes we quote are telling, I think.

Oh, and welcome, Devil Mood!

Rebecca Burch said...

Ooh, I like that one. I love quotes.

Here's the one on my chalkboard this week:

John Ruskin
"When a man is wrapped up in himself, he makes a pretty small package."

Anonymous said...

Knock urselves out:

Rob Zero said...

"C'mon... get in the hottub" -- Zee

SleekPelt said...

rebecca: It's a good one all right, and I consider your John Ruskin quote a fine companion to it.

anon: Wow, posting on something other than Friday Music? Excellent.

rob: If Zee had hair like Kevin DuBrown, he wouldn't have to ask anyone to get in the hottub.

Bad Billy said...

Sorry, I'm a little late with this one, but I live by this:

"To err is human, to forgive is divine."

SleekPelt said...

That's true wisdom, Bad Billy, and it takes a big person to live by those words.

Valyna said...

Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind. ~ Dr. Seuss

Do not be too moral. You may cheat yourself out of much life. Aim above morality. Be not simply good; be good for something. ~ Henry David Thoreau

SleekPelt said...

valyna: I'm glad you're back! Funny that you quoted the good Dr. -- he'll play a big part in a post I have coming up very soon. And I love the Thoreau quote.

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